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Icelandic Toasted Porter - Einstök Ölgerð ( Einstök Beer Company )

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Icelandic Toasted PorterIcelandic Toasted Porter

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64 Reviews
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Reviews: 64
Hads: 349
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 28.19%
Wants: 27
Gots: 105 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Einstök Ölgerð ( Einstök Beer Company ) visit their website

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: thepeter on 01-03-2012

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Photo of MacMalt
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into snifter. The color is dark coffee, nearly black with a one finger, light tan head and lacing. The smell is primarily smoke, peat, and burnt chocolate. The taste largely follows the nose. The primary taste is burnt coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malt but with a significant amount of bitterness. There is, however, a faint brown sugar sweetness at the finish. This is a pleasant, medium-bodied porter, nicely carbonated and the 6% ABV is barely noticeable. Overall, this is a good porter but not at the level of Founders, Eddy Fitz or some of the others. It could use a little more dark fruit or some vanilla such as Victory at Sea. This would be a fine porter to drink at a bar but there are better options out there to purchase by the bottle.

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Photo of LantGladstone
2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

no bbe 6% abv 330ml bottle from ales by mail

Appearance (Look) = 6%
clear brown creamy cream coloured head

Smell = 24%
sugary, plum, malt

Taste = 40%
smelled better than tasted. a bit watery, alcohol, a weird cider taste off the back end. slightly metallic? In the front I think I'm picking up lactose? no ingredients list except that it is made with coffee. maybe I can pick up some coffee bitterness.

Mouthfeel (Feel) = 10%
feels almost like a milk stout but with some astringency. sticky at the end.

Overall = 20%
It gets better with drinking. It wasn't horrible initially but it becomes ok as you sip. Not my favourite but not horrible.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampling a cellar temp 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a dark cola color with thick creamy tan head of 2 cm foaming up and fading to a sticky edge layer with a few wispy islands on the surface.
Aroma is roasted malt and some brown sugar sweetness, a little bit of dark bakers chocolate mixed in as well. No hints of hop character or any booze either. A nice appealing malty laden nose.
First sip reveals a smooth textured body with very fine and slightly tingly carbonation. Flavor is as you would expect from the appearance and nose. Lots of malt characters with some roasted malt notes and a bit of chocolate and some brown sugar as well. The label mentions coffee but I dont get too much of a coffee quality anywhere, which I was expecting when I popped the cap.
The beer is amazingly drinkable and the booze isnt apparent anywhere.
Not overly complex but enjoyable, I admit to being a little disappointed, but this certainly isnt a bad beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

duvel chalice.

A: Cola pour, whispy, weakly holding corkboard colored head that dissipates quickly. Weak non-committing lace coverage.

S: Dry powdered chocolate, almonds with a touch of dry vanilla. Weak strength, needs some help (swirling) to get any satisfaction, and again quickly vanishes.

T: Watery chocolate flavor at first, thin based, toasted almond, dry vanilla that followed the nose. Touch of bittering aftertaste. Buttery caramel sweetness, soda bread with a bit of dry wine like alcohol (dry grape skin) occurring on the finish.

M: Creamy body, slick and slippery texture, a bit light per style and under par, no carbonation.

O: Subtle toasted grains and toasted almond notes are the highlights here. The body is a bit thin, some tinny, metallic nature creeps in. Sweet chocoalte, not a lot of depth body and flavor wise. 3.25 is a fair assessment here, enough flashes that saves it from a 3.0.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a St Bernardus goblet.
A: Opaque black with creamy, light brown head.
S: Smells roasty-toasty with dusty milk chocolate.
T/M: Surprisingly bitter. It's not all roast, but a lot of it is. Beneath that is a creamy body with some nice, sweet chocolate before bitterness -- this time metallic -- comes back to end the flavor on a bit of an off note. Mostly good though!
O: Perhaps the first non-lager Icelandic beer I've had, and the best (though that's an incredibly low bar).

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A - SUper dark, Low beige head, some lacing. Poors nice chunky yeast clumps. Carbonation clings to the glass like soda. 4

S - Smokey and toasted. Freshly brewed (weak) coffee and charcoal from the neighbors house 2 houses down the streak. Not much in the way of hops, some nondescript malt flavors. 4.25

T - Not overly complex. Some malted barley flavors, not many hops, not much in the way of spices or esters to speak of. A tiny bit disappointing but still totally tasty and easily sessionable. Aftertaste is simple hops and roast malts. 3.25

M - Cold fizzy almost acidic despite the almost nonexistant head. A tiny bit watery but still smooth and a touch of lingering mouth coating. 3.25

O - Nice average but not record breaking porter. The toasted smells were the most enjoyable portion. Would have again. 4.

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Photo of JRed
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black in body with off-white head that dissipates. Aroma of cocoa, coffee, wood. Tastes of cocoa, light coffee, earth, wood, toast, roast, some mild bitterness to clean it up. Medium body with medium carbonation. Very smooth and slammable.

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Photo of Dainslaif
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I tried this at the OC Brew Hee Haw. Being one of the few stouts/porters in the event, I wish they hadn't run out, as it was quite good. Strong porter flavor with a bit of the toasted taste coming out. Smooth finish.

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Photo of NateBunney
4.83/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I am not sure why this beer is rated as low as it is. This is one of the best beers I drink. This brewery has perfected their malt roast process to produce a truly toast flavor as opposed to a roast flavor. Amazingly drinkable beer with complex and unique flavored.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a fairly thin black with a smaller tan head.

Aroma is not real enticing. Faint chocolate, roasted malts, and signifigantly sweet. Not sure what is lending the sweetness. Also, I dont pick up much in the way of coffee.

Taste is pretty sweet initially and things are looking pretty bad for this one, but then a little bit of ashy/smokiness surfaces and the coffee flavors appear out of nowhere. A smooth espresso/latte flavor that seems to linger long after. It seems to improve more and more as time passes. The chocolate and malt falvors are pretty average. Still cant put my finger on the sweet and odd flavor up front, but it manages to overcome it.

Body is a tad thin, but not really moreso than several other solid American porters. A little drying though.

I honestly thought this one was going to be pretty bad. It looked alright, smelled worse, then at first tasted the same. It turned out to be fairly decent though. It is a hang with 'em kind of beer. I wouldnt hesitate trying it if I were you depending on other options. I wouldn't expect anyone to fall in love with it and be a repeat buyer either.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: black ale with a mocha foam head that'll leave some lace on your glass

S: faint char and chocolate malt dryness and roastiness; subtler hints of something sweet beneath

T: the dark malts are indeed toasty, with flashes of stale espresso, dry char, and wet toast; mild coffee flavors linger

M: fairly light and drying, hidden deep is a dark bitterness that will linger on your palate

O: it's not a go-to style for me, but this has all the points you'd enjoy in an "American porter" - has a rustic, almost smoky element to it; black coffee undercurrents - very mellow, but with a bit of bite.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black in color with just a trace of light seeping through. A fingernail of light brown covers 2/3's of the top. Nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is of dark malt, toffee, and a hint of smoke. The flavor is bitter due to roasted barley with more toffee, dark chocolate and that trace of smoke in the fade. The mouth is chewy and dry.

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Photo of Adam-beerismyfriend
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mellow, toffee ,chocolate, and coffee aromas. Pours to a VERY dark almost black hue. tastes much of caramel, and toasted barley, lingering coffee flavour. Pleasant and would recommend to anyone who is into porter.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft. black in color, off-white colored head. good head retention. Nice toasted marshmallow flavors to balance the roasty malt flavors in the aroma and taste. medium bodied.

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Photo of chinchill
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle with a BB date of 26 Nov. 2016
From Edinburgh (High Spirits) consumed in the garden of Kellie Castle in Fife.

Medium plus body with meat medium soft carbonation.

Dark chocolate and some coffee in the finish: more coffee than earlier.
Moderately strong flavor with slightly bitter balance and a touch of sour.
Lightly smokey but essentially no char.

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Photo of dank203
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

dark with little head formed on the pour. aroma notes of toffee, caramel, roasted coffee, biscuit malt. coffee, dark chocolate, hint of dark fruit and licorice on palate. dry roasted finish, lingering bitter chalkiness

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Photo of Sweasty
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always looking for new breweries to try. Eisnstok's porter is my first beer from Iceland. The Toasted Porter pours a nice black. A few hints of light offer some ruby tones around the edges. Things are topped off by a couple fingers worth of light khaki head. Head settles to a ring leaving a fair bit of lace in its wake.

Toasted Porter offers a nice nose. Dark roasted notes hit upfront. Coffee stands out. Some sweet chocolate notes present as well. Some light caramel and toffee notes rounds things out.

The taste matches the nose. Dark roasty flavors up front. Coffee stands out. Thats followed by some semi-sweet chocolate notes. Sweet caramel and some sticky toffee flow beneath the roasty notes. The finish is roasty with a lingering toffee quality.

Toasted Porter has a nice medium body. The Carbonation is adequate and helps lighten things ups a bit.

Einstok's Icelandic Porter is my first brew from the country. Its quite the tasty brew. This brew will definitely be a go to porter for me. It hits all the right notes, and is quite quaffable. If this is the quality I can expect from Einstok and the rest of Iceland, I may have new beer country to explore.

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4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours borderline black with a small beige head, quick to a thin film of foam on top.
Awesome roasted malts on the nose, really rich, bit salty, nutty, with chocolate and some roasted coffee bean, a bit of burnt sugar, light woody notes. But an incredibly fragrant roast, wow!
That's present in the taste, too, a rich deep roast, with a pinch of salt, almost like a bit of sea water in there, with some clear dark chocolate, faint toffees and burnt sugar. Some faint red apple. A nice coffee bean character, roasted, dusty, with a bit of black coffee acidity towards the finish. Finishes with the roasted dark malts, but they don't get ashy.
Not even in the aftertaste. Toasted dark bread, some baking chocolate, some coffee powder. Hint of dried dark fruit showing up. Medium body, medium carbonation, would've liked it smoother.
A great porter, another great example of deep roasted malty beers from the Northern countries. This is becoming a habit. A good one.

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Photo of ChrisWhoDrinksBeer
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Deep, impenetrable brown color. Mild tan foam which disspersed rapidly. Light chocolate scent. Tastes of chocolate and coffee. Sweet and a little syrupy (at least in mouthfeel) but with enough bitterness to even it out. Overall it's pretty tasty if you're in the mood for something intense and thick.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with a nice layer of khaki colored head. Chocolate, whiskey, oak, and some cream notes come through on the nose; follows onto the palate. Nice mouthfeel, rich, hearty. Finishes with whiskey and some chocolate notes. Good example of the style.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this bottle chilled in a stout glass.

The color is dark brown with opaque clarity and two fingers of tan head with fine bead and lace sticks with good retention. The smell is very good with strong toasted grain in the aroma and light yeast smell which has a mineral aspect and light dried fruit ester with subtle caramel odor from the malt. The feel is excellent with medium body and moderately low carbonation with roasted grain texture and mild sweetness with subtle spice quality with smooth feel toward the finish which is semi-dry with mild alcohol influence.

The taste is great with malt presence that hints at dark chocolate with a coffee-like roastiness and mild toffee sweetness and dark dried fruit flavors with a mild spice element in the background. The taste has a slight char in the malt with gentle raisin-like flavor and slightly herbal hop quality which is complimentary. Overall I really enjoyed this beer more than I expected to be honest. The porter is very good and enjoyable in every way -very pleasurable to drink with nice balance. The coffee is mellow and the abv level is within range to enjoy multiples.

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Photo of demon
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - Pitch black and no light coming through the sides. About 1 cm of head develops that diminishes slowly. Quite a bit of lacing develops. Looks like a very inviting porter.

S - Smells like a good porter. Considering it contains roasted coffee, the coffee notes are more subtle than pronounced. Roasted malt notes come through.

T - Roasty, toasty, chocolaty, coffee goodness here. Very sweet. Not very hoppy. Very well rounded flavors. Not overly complex, but also not monotonous. There is a bit of coffee bitterness on the aftertaste, though pleasantly so.

F - The mouthfeel on this one is incredibly pleasant. Extremely smooth. Just enough of that frothy goodness to leave a yummy beer coating on the palate.

O - If you are looking for a new porter to try, this is an excellent choice. The drinkability of this beer is great. I personally am NOT a fan of coffee beers, but the brewers of this beer smartly chose to have the coffee notes be subtle in a very good way. So many coffee/espresso beers out there are totally overwhelming in terms of coffee flavor. These guys executed this one just right.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1/18...pours pitch black, full fast tan foam. Builds and settles with some layering left. Coffee grounds nose, softer java sense. Smooth, creamy, milky flavor, very balanced. Subdued bitter, flavorful but not lingering.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Chocolate black with oxblood highlights and a lumpy tan head. 4
Acidic malts, a whack of phenolic meaty smoke, and brown soda toast. 4
Prune, fruit brack, some smoke, a hit of cola, more bacon and a bit of branch hops. 4
Dark roast coffee end and drying linger.
Light-med, lively, crisp. 4

I wish the label said if there was smoked malt - it sure tastes like it. That plus traditional porter notes plus the judicious coffee gives this a lot to chew over. For all the flavour, a light enough body and incredibly clean finish - very much like a porter. Exceeds expectations. 4.25

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Photo of rangerred
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle into a tulip.

Pours pitch black with just a thin wispy medium tan head. A touch of lacing around the sides of the glass but that's about it.

The one thing I noticed lacking in the aroma is the coffee advertised on the bottle. There is the slightest hint but I was really expecting it to jump out at me. More caramel and dark chocolate than anything.

The flavor is also quite light on the coffee but expands on the dark chocolate found in the aroma. There is also a certain nuttiness here that reminds me of chocolate covered almonds. Subtle sweetness and prickly carbonation leads to a slightly sticky finish.

Overall, a pretty average porter. My first beer from Iceland it really isn't bad. I would gladly have another one.

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Icelandic Toasted Porter from Einstök Ölgerð ( Einstök Beer Company )
85 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.